Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

What is it? A communication passport is a person-centred book which supports someone who cannot speak for themselves. It is a way of sharing information about a person in a clear, simple format, focusing on the person as being a unique, valued individual. What goes in it? It can include any of the following: Key […]

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Supporting Conversations for people with aphasia

Aphasia is an acquired communication disability which can occur following stroke or other brain injury. Each person’s experience of aphasia is unique to them.  While traditionally, the communication problem rested with the individual, current best practice in this area adopts a social model, in which the person is viewed within the context of their environment. […]

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Rhythm and singing in speech recovery post stroke

Interesting research published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience highlighting how treatment using rhythm or singing both resulted in improvements in the ability to produce learned phrases in people with language difficulties post stroke (aphasia). In contrast, traditional speech and language therapy can improve the ability to produce novel phrases. The research highlights the […]

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Brain Aware Training Programme

For Family Members Caring For and Supporting A Family Member with an Acquired Brain Injury. Programme running throughout Ireland from January to June 2011. See: http://www.activelink.ie/node/4397

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Carer’s week, June 14th-20th 2010, Cork based events

Cork based activities have been organised by the following organisations: Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Cork Branch Cork Family Carer’s Forum Carer’s Association West Cork Carer’s Association Ltd. For further information go to: http://www.carersweek.ie/events.htm

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F. A. S. T. campaign is launched to help you recognise the early signs of stroke and act quickly.

From Headway Ireland’s website: The Irish Heart Campaign has just launched its F.A.S.T. campaign, which is designed to help people remember the main warning signs of stroke, and to act by dialling 999. F – Face – has the person’s face fallen on one side? Can they smile? A – Arms – Can they raise […]

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Patients with acquired brain injury have ‘nowhere to go’

Article in the Health Supplement of today’s Irish Times highlighting the lack of appropriate facilities for young people with acquired brain injury. For more information, go to: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2010/0525/1224271081801.html

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Uplifting Music Therapy Story: Verve Recording Artist Melody Gardot

See Business Musician’s blog for more information about Melody Gardot who, following a near fatal car accident, used music therapy as an alternative intervention to pain medication. http://bizmusician.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/uplifting-music-therapy-story-verve-recording-artist-melody-gardot/

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“Know me before you judge me”

A video story produced by Headway Harbour peer support group in 2010 on the topic of brain injury. It features a young man called Stewart who describes his experience of and progress following his brain injury. Go to: http://www.headwayireland.ie/insideabi/brainblog/2010/03/26/know-me-before-you-judge-me/

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